Overview: The whole Amalfi coast on foot

Stage

Duration

Ascent

Descent

Distance

Accommodation in

Arrival to SalernoSalerno
Stage 16: 00h815m983m11,5 kmMaiori
Stage 23: 30h to Amalfi /
4: 30h to Pogerola
to Amalfi: 500m
to Pogerola: 800m
to Amalfi: 500m
to Pogerola: 500m
7,5 km to Amalfi /
9,7 km to Pogerola
Amalfi or Pogerola
Stage 3from Amalfi: 4: 00h
from Pogerola: 4: 30h
from Amalfi: 950m
from Pogerola: 950m
from Amalfi: 320m
from Pogerola: 620m
10 kmBomerano
Stage 43: 45h350m840m10 kmPositano or Colli S. Pietro
Additionally possible:
Detour to Monte Vico Alvano
2: 00h320m320m5 km
Stage 55: 00h460m500m12 kmSchiazzano
Stage 6long variant: 5: 15h
short variant: 3: 45h
long variant: 685m
short variant: 445m
long variant: 955m
short variant: 720m
long variant:
16 km
short variant:
12,5 km
Sorrento or alternatively again in
Schiazzano
Total (longest variant)31: 00h4.380m4.718m74 km in the longest variant

By the way, we have created a convenient and clear planning aid for travel planning and booking accommodation: to the planning table.

From Salerno to Sorrento in 6 daily stages

Although the Amalfi Coast has been one of the most popular travel destinations in Italy for decades and is also ideal for hiking holidays, most Amalfi holidaymakers with a thirst for hiking are surprisingly almost exclusively half-day and day hikes on the program. Multi-day hikes from place to place on the Amalfi Coast? Maybe even the entire coast from Salerno to Sorrento on foot? Even local hiking guides were amazed when we told about our planned route. But they found that as well as we did a very good idea!

What the Amalfi Coast lacks in comparison to other hiking areas is perhaps a real draft horse of the caliber of a European long-distance hiking trail. Although the CAI-300 is a large hiking trail of the Italian Alpine Club that crosses the entire Amalfi coast from east to west, the hiking trail is neither particularly well known nor is the official route carefully chosen, as it drags far too far into the hinterland in some places.

From our point of view, we made the best of it: A skilful mix of CAI-300 and its byways leads us in six daily stages from Salerno to Sorrento - including arrival and departure very well suited for a 8 day vacation!

PS: We also have tips on the right equipment at hand.

The Amalfi Coast as a hiking paradise: idyllic hiking trail just before Bomerano (stage 3)

Hiking on the Amalfi Coast is rewarded with many great views. Here: View of Atrani, the direct neighboring town of Amalfi.

The route in brief

On the day of arrival we spend the night in the pretty and attractive town of Salerno, which can be reached very well by train from Naples (see Getting there). The start of the hike is a few kilometers or a short bus ride west of Salerno (see Stage 1).
From here you can continue on foot for the next few days. It is only at the end of stage 4 that we drive a short distance from Positano again: This is because this part of the coast is very steep and rocky, so there is no really recommendable route from Positano to the west. According to the map, there is said to be a section of the CAI-800 hiking trail at approx. 300 meters above Positano, but we tried unsuccessfully to find this trail for two hours during our hike in May 2016. Therefore: bus trip from Positano to Colli S. Pietro!

In Colli S. Pietro there is - as "compensation" for the route bridged by bus - a great short hike that, depending on your condition and weather, can either be inserted in the afternoon directly after stage 4 or in the morning before stage 5 ( please refer Hike to Monte Vico Alvano).

Stage 6 leads with a shorter and a longer variant over the Punta Campanella to Sorrento (see Departure).

shorter variants possible: departure after stage 4, 5 or 6

6 days should be scheduled for all 8 stages, including arrival and departure days. If you have a little less time, you can shorten the following points:

  • Departure after stage 4: the proposed bus from Positano continues via Colli S. Pietro to Sorrento. From there you are at the airport of Naples within two hours.
  • Departure after stage 4 with morning hike to "Monte Vico Alvano": After stage 4 stay near the bus stop "Colli S. Pietro", but take the relatively short hike to "Monte Vico Alvano" with you on the morning of your departure. Departure: bus trip from the "Colli S. Pietro" to Sorrento.
  • Departure after stage 5: There are (a few) bus connections to Sorrento from Schiazzano, but it is always possible to take a taxi to Sorrento (ask at the hotel or one of the restaurants).
  • Departure with shortened stage 6: The shortest variant of stage 6 is as follows: Schiazzano - Termini - white chapel Chiesa San Costanzo - short stretch on the CAI 300 towards Punta Campanella - back to Termini, from there by bus to Sorrento.

longer versions: extra tours for connoisseurs

If you can or would like to take a little more time, the following extensions are available:

  • 2 overnight stays in Bomerano: If you spend two nights in a row in Bomerano, you can take an extra tour to one of the peaks of the so-called "milk mountains" - Italian "Monti Lattari" - (half-day hike). When the weather is good, you have a wonderful view of the Gulf of Naples, Vesuvius and the Amalfi Coast from approx. 1.300 m.
  • additional days of rest in Schiazzano: From our point of view, the hotel we recommended in Schiazzano is definitely worth a longer stay (Hotel Casa Lubra Relax).

Would you like a little extra tour? Promising short hike to Monte Vico Alvano (between stage 4 and 5).

Overview of all stages: map

Elevation profile of the Amalfi Coast hike



3D preview of the long-distance hike

The entire long-distance hike is available in a three-dimensional display at Ayvri.com. You can even flexibly change the camera perspective there using drag & drop!

(Clicking on the picture opens the 3D simulation Ayvri.com)

Stage 1: map

From Raito to Maiori

Section 1: Directions

Bus connection to Raito

The first stage of our Amalfi hiking trail begins in Raito, a small village a few kilometers west of Salerno, approx. 150 meters above the coastal town of "Vietri sul Mare".
There are several bus connections from Salerno to Raito, but mostly only one direct connection without changing trains per hour (journey time approx. 15 min). The bus tickets cannot be purchased on the bus itself, but must first be bought in one of the numerous "Tabacchi" shops (recognizable by the sign with the big T), a kiosk or a bar. It is therefore advisable to get the bus tickets at the latest the evening before and to find out about the departure times. The departure times can be called up, for example, using the following link (starting stop in Salerno on Via Roma approximately at the height of the cathedral):

https://moovitapp.com/?from=Roma%20Provincia&to=Raito&fll=40.67832_14.75824&tll=40.666897_14.715629&o=1&metroId=882&lang=de&t=1

As of January, bus line 001 runs 2019 directly to Raito without changing trains and turns there again (may differ on Sundays and public holidays). Other bus connections require a change or a longer walk up to Raito, which lengthens the hike accordingly.

Attention: In Italy it is common for passengers to wave the bus over. It is not enough to just stand at the bus stop at the time of departure. You should signal to the bus by waving that you want to ride.

Facts about the 1 stage

Altitude: 815 m ascent / 983 m descent
Duration: 6: 00h (without pauses)
See also Elevation profile in detail

GPS route download to stage 1

Refreshments between Raito and Maiori

There are no places to stop for refreshments on the way, but there are two small supermarkets in Raito, which can freshly fill rolls on request.

The beautiful view in the middle of nature begins just above Raito

The entrance gate of the "Santuario di Maria Santissima Avvocata sopra Maiori" in the fog

entry point

Our hike begins at the small church in Raito: opposite the church, a staircase leads up to the right of the well-decorated fountain. The walled staircase leads us quickly up and out of the village. On the left we see the slope that we still have to overcome in the course of the morning. After approx. 20 minutes we reach a transverse high path (waypoint 1), which we follow to the left into the village of "Albori".

From Albori to the saddle point at Monte Falerio

In Albori we walk down past the church, left past the turning platform (waypoint 2) onto a path that is marked in red and white (the official signposting of the "Club Alpino Italiano" for this part of the hike is "CAI-303" "). Approximately 15 minutes to Albori we reach a fork at a water point (waypoint 3). Here we take the path to the top right.
The path takes us more or less in a direct line up to the saddle point (waypoint 4) next to Monte Falerio (from Raito after approx. 2 hours).

Via the Cappella Vecchia to the Santuario della Madonna Avvocata

From the waypoint 4 we follow the ridge in a northwesterly direction and gain a few more meters of altitude until we reach the Cappella Vecchia after about an hour at 694 meters above zero. Here we meet the CAI300 hiking trail (waypoint 5) and follow it to the left, always sideways along the slope. At the next mountain ridge at approx. 900 vertical meters, the CAI300 branches off to the right into the hinterland, but we keep left towards the coast and meet the pilgrimage church "Santuario della Madonna Avvocata" approx. 30 min after the Cappella Vecchia (waypoint 6, with full Names also "Santuario di Maria Santissima Avvocata sopra Maiori").
From here you have a great view of the coast when the weather is good - but we were in the clouds or in the fog during our hike and instead had a very mystical impression.

View on the descent from the Santuario della Madonna Avvocata to the Amalfi Coast

Descent to Maiori

To descend we leave the railing of the pilgrimage church through the archway through which we came and circle the southern tip of the small plateau. The path leads us down and after a short time meets a transverse path (waypoint 7), which we follow to the right.

In the further course of stage 1 we keep going downhill, circle another mountain ridge and then look at Maiori (approx. 2,5 hours descent from the pilgrimage church).